Platinum or White Gold

posted 3 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper

Platinum is softer but stronger and doesn’t scratch, doesn’t require re-plating and doesn’t cause allergies but it does develop a softer patina. White gold is shiny but scratches and requires maintenance to stay that way and I am among the many people who are allergic to it–it causes my skin to get scaly and itchy. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee

Though both gold and platinum are strong and durable precious metals, platinum is the stronger and more durable of the two. For example, the prongs holding the center stone of a platinum engagement ring are less likely to break then those of a gold engagement ring.

Despite being stronger and more durable, platinum is a softer metal than 14k gold. This means it will get scratched a little easier than 14k gold would. However, an important thing to note is when gold is scratched, the gold is lost and it looks like a scratch. When platinum is scratched, the platinum gets moved from one place on the ring to another, and it develops something called a patina finish (which looks like an antique or worn ring). A lot of people love and desire the patina finish.

White gold needs replating with a rhodium finish to keep it nice and shiny.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

I’m team platinum – no replating needed for its white color, and it retains its shape better meaning prongs are less likely to bend. It also doesn’t thin – if it’s scratched the metal will be displaced rather than lost. So a platinum band in 50 years will weigh the same amount as today whereas the gold ring will have thinned with constant wear and will weigh a little less. That said, they’re both beautiful metals and either should hold up well and last a lifetime, so it’s really just a matter of personal preference. 

My fiance was in between on whether he wanted platinum or white gold but after seeing the way white gold looks when the plating is worn off, and calculating how much it would cost to replate it every year or two, he decided a higher up front cost for platinum was worth it to him. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

My ring is platinum! I’m allergic to white gold and my fiancé didn’t like the look of yellow gold so he chose a platinum setting. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

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rozannab :  My fiancé had ordered my ring in platinum initially. After a conversation with a jeweler who said it gets a dull look after awhile, much like silver, I said I like the shiny look, so he changed the order to white gold. I love my ring.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

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browneyedgirl24 :  I have white gold rings that have been worn for a decade and have not needed to be replated 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

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penny1403 :  I’ve heard a lot of it has to do with body chemistry! Some people may need rings replated rarely, while for others a ring will be replated every six months. And of course some people don’t mind or prefer the look of unplated white gold so it doesn’t bother them if the plating wears off. 

Good point too about the patina – it’s one of those things people either love or hate. Someone recently posted being upset that her platinum ring was getting scratched, and that will definitely happen to platinum. While it can be buffed to shiny as much as needed, but if you want a really shiny look white gold is a better choice. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I have white gold and love it, I don’t mind Unplated white gold (look up pictures) so I won’t care when it rubs off, but I’ve worn mine for 7 months now and it still looks new!

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

My skin chemistry is such that I cannot wear plated metals of any sort, so my choices would be platinum, yellow gold or white gold with no rhodium plating. Because I like my jewelry to be distinctly yellow or white, I only buy platinum and 18K yellow gold or higher. Any ring will show scratches and dings, and from my experience platinum never truly gets dull unless it was a brushed finish from the start.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I’ve posted about this so much (sorry). But I have an unplated white gold ring. It’s creamy in colour, like champagne, and it makes my diamond look much more white.  I love it.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Another unplated white gold set here. Posted a thread about it a few weeks ago, plenty of pics there

Post # 14
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Busy bee

 Platinum rings are much heavier..and I’m not a fan of the patina. My rings are 18kt white gold. I’ve worn my ering for 2 years and my full eternity band for 1 year and neither have needed replating. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

My husband got me a white gold engagement ring because the ring was less expensive than the platinum one and then he got me a better quality diamond. 

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